Volunteer Work Placement Scheme

Work experience placements with the Cornish Seal Sanctuary´s animal care team run throughout the year, and provide you with valuable practical experience in the animal care field.   Placements are a minimum of two weeks and a maximum of six weeks, working roughly 40 hours per week (8am - 5pm), with two days off a week.
You will work with the animal care team to assist in the daily routine which involves feeding and caring for the resident animals, preparing diets and medication, cleaning of enclosures and work spaces, as well as environmental enrichment for the residents.

During the grey seal pupping season (September to March) you will assist in the rehabilitation of rescue seals which may include clinical care, feeding, vet visits, rescues and releases.
To apply you Must:-

  • Be over 18 years old
  • Arrange own transport and accommodation (be aware that Gweek is fairly isolated and public transport is limited)
  • Have an up to date Tetanus vaccination
  • Be able to complete the application form and provide proof of right to work
  • Be physically fit and able (be able to lift up to 20kg)
  • Be able to swim 25m (we work around pools of water)
  • Have a positive attitude!
Vet Students : Whilst the Cornish Seal Sanctuary offer year-round volunteering placements to provide hand on experience, they do not have a vet team on site and so cannot provide clinical placements.

To apply to Sanctuary´s Animal Care Internship, the team will need an application form, CV and cover letter.   For Work Experience, simply fill in the application form. Please send all paperwork to G.Workexperience@sealifetrust.com.
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